- As before, all travelers need their passport, tourist card (often called visa) and health insurance when travelling to Cuba.
- Since January 10, 2021, Cuba requires all travelers to show a negative PCR test for Covid-19 upon arrival. Travelers should take the Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before the flight departures.
- All travelers have to fill out a Sanitary statement and take a PCR test at the airport. Once at their lodging they have to isolate for 24-48 hours until receiving a negative result.
- Travelers who are Cuban residents or go directly to the community will be under home confinement until getting a second PCR test conducted on the fifth day after the arrival.
- COVID-19 positive tourists will have to isolate in a hotel for 10-11 days. They will be hospitalized if develop critical symptoms.
- On December 28, Cuban authorities announced the reduction of flights from USA, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Haiti and Dominican Republic with the aim of curbing the increase in imported cases of Covid-19.
At the turn of the new year, new travel requirements have been taking place all over the world in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 as international airports strive to remain open amid the pandemic. Cuba has not been exempted from this; the current sanitary situation has led the country to take further preventive measures in order to keep its boarders open while effectively fighting the spread of the virus.
All travelers need their passport, tourist card or visa, and health insurance to travel to Cuba. But, given the new coronavirus situation mentioned above, additional requirements are needed.
Every tourist entering Cuba, aside from their passport, most have another important document: a Tourist Card Visa. This is also…
What are the additional “coronavirus requirements” for tourists travelling to Cuba?
Since January 1, 2021, Cuba requires all international travelers to show a negative PCR test for Covid-19 when arriving to the country. This PCR test must have been performed in a certified clinic in the country of origin and carried out in a period of time not exceeding 72 hours prior arrival in Cuba. Travelers have to present the negative PCR test for Covid-19 to the authorities of the International Health Control system.
In addition, travelers will have to fill out a Sanitary statement, take a PCR test at the airport and isolate themselves for 24 to 48 hours at their hotel or casa particular until getting a negative result. On the other hand, those travelers who are Cuban residents or go directly to the community will be under home confinement until getting a second PCR test conducted on the fifth day after the arrival.
What will happen if a tourist tests positive for Covid-19?
If a tourist tests positive, he might be required to isolate at a quarantine hotel determined by the authorities or be hospitalized. He might also be prevented from returning to his country as scheduled.
If a tourist tests positive for COVID-19 and presents respiratory symptoms he or she will be hospitalized until fully recovered.
On the other hand, COVID-19 positive asymptomatic tourists will have to isolate at a hotel established by the authorities. Cuba equipped a certain number of hotels all over the island to isolate ant treat these patients. A second PCR will be performed at the 9th day of isolation. If the result is negative the tourist can leave the facility and resume his vacations. On the other hand, if the result is still positive the patient will be hospitalized until fully recovered. If while staying at the hotel any patient develop respiratory symptoms will also be hospitalized.
Is Cuba a safe destination?
In general, Cuba has implemented an effective response to the Covid-19 pandemic in a joint effort between the Government, health care workers, officials and the community. As a result, the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths remain among the lowest in the world.
The new requirements are an effort to stop the new surge in SARS-CoV-2 positive patients, after the reopening of the international Cuban airports in October and November 2020.
As a result of the new wave of coronavirus Cuban authorities announced the reduction of flights to curb the increase of imported cases. The measure applies to United States, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, from where the highest number of imported cases are registered. This regulation came into effect on January 1, 2021. Additionally, the authorities explained that the regular number of flights will be reestablished as soon as the sanitary situation allows it.